The Route Ahead | June 2019 | Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

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June 2019 |  Community Transit News from CEO Emmett Heath

1&2 Million Mile Drivers and CEO Emmett Heath

Million Mille Drivers with CEO Emmett Heath. From left: N. Plantilla, E. Heath, A. Mehau

Two Agency Bus Drivers Awarded for Reaching 1 & 2 Million Mile Status

Allan Mehau of Mill Creek, reached one million miles of safe driving and has joined more than 50 drivers at Community Transit who have accomplished this feat.

Nicomedes Plantilla of Everett was honored for reaching two million miles of safe driving, he’s the ninth driver at the agency to reach this milestone. To learn more about what it takes for a driver to reach Million Mile Driver status, visit:


New Low-Income Fare Starts July 1

On July 1, Community Transit and Everett Transit will introduce a new low-income bus fare in Snohomish County. This will allow easier access to transportation for eligible residents whose income falls below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Riders will need to have an ORCA LIFT electronic fare card in order to pay the reduced fare. More details about how to apply for an ORCA LIFT card will be available at in late June.

New Real-time Bus Tool in Development

BusFinder, Community Transit’s web-app for real-time bus information, is being redeveloped. The new BusFinder helps riders locate their next bus with new and improved features, including a map that displays buses in real-time and integrated rider alerts that will let you know if your bus is delayed, off-route or canceled. The new BusFinder also automatically updates information every 30 seconds.

BusFinder is undergoing beta testing this month and will soon be available for all customers.

Sandhu, Ramandeep, 2018 Transportation Employee of the Year Award

2018 Transportation Employee of the Year: Ramandeep Sandhu, Coach Operator

Several of Ramandeep Sandhu's peers nominated him for Transportation Employee of the Year for his compassionate act on a cold February morning. A man had been stranded outside all night in a wheelchair with a dead battery; Sandhu noticed him and made sure he got the care he needed.

Sandhu is described by his peers as positive, hardworking and kind. Employees of the Year from Transportation are selected from quarterly winners who are nominated and selected by their peers. 

Summer Events

Summer Events: First up, Marysville Strawberry Fest Parade

Clean air superhero Oxy Gene will lead a Double Tall bus in the Strawberry Festival Parade at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 15 in Marysville. For the Fourth of July, Oxy Gene will be in the Freedom Festival Parade in Bothell, Thursday, July 4.

These are just some of the events Community Transit will be at this summer to spread the word about our new Swift Green Line service, plans for future service expansion and employment opportunities.

Community Transit continues to hire more bus drivers, mechanics and administrative staff to support its expanding service. Employment positions are listed online at

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If you have any questions, please email

CEO Signature

    Emmett Heath, CEO
    Community Transit